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Osteopathic Residency Assistance Program
Consultation & Review
PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN OSTEOPATHIC POSTGRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Osteopathic Residency Assistance Program (O-RAP) offers the counsel of peer medical educator consultants who provide a fresh, independent, external perspective and make recommendations for success.
WHY USE O-RAP?
The residency inspection process consists primarily of a checklist against minimum standards for compliance purposes, leaving many program directors in a void when seeking proven ways to correct deficiencies or exceed minimum expectations for quality training through best practices implementation.
Focus the consultative process and maximize the on-site experience by first completing the Pre-Consultation Questionnaire and providing related documentation. After defining your request for guidance in writing, O-RAP will select one or more consultants who will tailor the visit to address your objectives.
O-RAP ON-SITE VISIT
During the one to two day on-site visit, the O-RAP consultant(s) will first meet with you to clarify objectives. Then, as necessary, the on-site visit will include a walk through your facility; discussions with residents, other trainers, and administration; and conclude with a preliminary presentation of findings and recommendations.
WRITING O-RAP REPORT
Within three weeks of the on-site visit, you will receive the written O-RAP report documenting findings and recommendations for improvement. This itemized resource can be used with faculty and administration to begin the change process and implement quality improvement practices. Consultants remain accessible to respond to follow up questions and monitor implementation of changes.
WHO PROVIDES O-RAP CONSULTATION?
O-RAP consultants are osteopathic family medicine educators – current and former program directors – who have already “walked the talk” by successfully addressing the issues challenging your residency program.
SUGGESTED AREAS FOR O-RAP REVIEW
NEW PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Evaluate the potential for starting an osteopathic family practice residency based on an institutional and community assessment.
Examine curriculum, facilities, finances, recruiting practices, and compliance among other areas to establish a baseline for current practices, a baseline against which you can measure anticipated quality improvement.
Identify ways to enhance the training skills and provide institutional leadership in developing residents and providing quality care to patients.
Put your program’s revenue sources and expense areas under a microscope, yielding recommendations for fiscal stability and growth.
Refine your program’s administrative effectiveness and determine your institutional readiness for implementing the “medical home” concept.
Quantify your program’s contributions to the institution’s fiscal stability as well as impact on public health in your community.
O-RAP CONSULTING FEES
Fees for O-RAP consulting services vary based on the evaluation’s scope, but generally can be estimated at approximately $2,500 to cover pre-consultation preparation, on-site visit including consultant travel and hotel accommodations, and development of the written report.
Call ACOFP’s O-RAP office at
for further information.